Douglas, Ariz. - On June 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Douglas Port prevented a narcotics smuggling attempt when they seized nearly 300 pounds of marijuana concealed in cases of ceramic tile.
A 63-year-old Mexican male and legal resident of Tonopah, Ariz. attempted to enter the U.S. through a Douglas Port vehicle lane before being referred for a secondary inspection after officers observed nervous behavior. The man was driving a pickup truck carrying ceramic tile. During a more intensive inspection, officers discovered 28 packages of marijuana concealed in boxes hollowed out ceramic tile. The vehicle and narcotics were seized by CBP. The man was taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.